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American Hero: Full cast announced

Tom Millward
Tom Millward

Second Stage Theatre have now announced full casting for its New York premiere production of Bess Wohl's comedy American Hero, directed by Leigh Silverman, which will begin previews at the McGinn/Cazale Theatre on 12 May 2014, with an official opening set for 22 May 2014 and a run closing on 08 Jun 2014.


The cast for American Hero will feature Jerry O'Conell, Ari Graynor, Erin Wilhelmi and Daoud Heidami.

Synopsis: 'At a toasted subs franchise in the local mall, three up and coming 'sandwich artists' - a teenager, a single mom, and a downsized refugee from corporate banking -- are perfecting the mustard to cheese ratio according to the company manual. But when their shot at the American dream is interrupted by a series of strange events, they become unlikely allies in a post-recession world.'


Jerry O'Connell is perhaps best known for his television and film career. He made his Broadway debut in 2011 in 'Seminar' at the John Golden Theatre. His many film credits include 'Stand By Me', 'Jerry Maguire', 'Veronica Mars', 'Man About Town', 'Scream 2', 'Kangaroo Jack' and 'Mission To Mars'. His television credits include 'Crossing Jordan', 'Las Vegas', 'Sliders', 'The 60s' and 'The Defenders'.

Ari Graynor made her Broadway debut in 'Brooklyn Boy' (2005), and her other Broadway credits include 'The Little Dog Laughed' (2007), 'Relatively Speaking' (2011) and 'The Performers' (2012). Her Off-Broadway credits include 'Spanish Girl' at Second Stage Theatre Uptown, 'Trust' and 'Dog Sees God'.

Erin Wilhelmi appeared Off-Broadway in 'The Great God Pan' at Playwrights Horizons and in 'Core Values' at Ars Nova.

Daoud Heidami made his Broadway debut in 'Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo' (2011), and has appeared Off-Broadway in 'Titus Andronicus' (Public Theater), 'Aftermath' (New York Theatre Workshop) and 'Masked' (DR2).

The creative team for American Hero will feature scenic design by Dane Laffrey, costumes by Clint Ramos, lighting design by Jen Schriever, and sound design by Jill BC Du Boff.


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